Gangs strip houses bare in latest thefts

The growing popularity of metals and other commodities amongst criminal gangs was hammered home again this week as three adjoining houses in one of Longford town’s oldest estates were stripped bare.

The growing popularity of metals and other commodities amongst criminal gangs was hammered home again this week as three adjoining houses in one of Longford town’s oldest estates were stripped bare.

The properties, all of which are located in Padraic Colum Heights, also sustained substantial damage to their interiors during the break-ins last Friday morning.

One of the theories gardai believe may have alerted vandals was the fact all three units were under renovation, fuelling assummptions that new or recently purchased building material may have been lying inside.

Gardai now hope residents and property owners living within the estate may have noticed the incident, which occurred between the hours of 7am and 8am last Friday (March 9).

No less than a couple of hours later, a private residence in the Kilmore Lower area of Longford was broken into, this time culminating in the theft of a television.

Later, that same evening, wallets and a mobile phone were snatched from a car at Longford Town’s Flancare Park.

A number of keen sports followers were playing football on one of the Aitricity Division One league side’s astro turf pitches when thieves struck.

It’s understood the victims heard the incident taking place sometime between 10:15 to 10:30pm. A maroon coloured Opel car, with what’s believed to be two men and a woman, was seen dashing off at high speed in the Strokestown direction.

No further details have so far emerged and gardai have appealed for members of the public to come forward and assist them with their enquiries.

To read this story in full, see this week’s Longford Leader.